PAGASA declares start of rainy season

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The weather bureau on Tuesday announced the start of the rainy season, which is expected to last until October or November.

Weather specialists from the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Filipinos can expect more rains in the coming days, particularly in the afternoons.

They also warned about flooding in low-lying areas.

PAGASA said water levels have risen in major dams but they are still below the Normal High Water Levels.

Related: Rainy season expected in early June — PAGASA

According to PAGASA, the eastern part of the country will experience more rains because of the southwest monsoon, locally known as habagat.

No tropical cyclone is expected to hit the country this week, said PAGASA Assistant Weather Services chief Anthony Joseph Lucero.

PAGASA predicts that at least 17 tropical cyclones will hit the country from May to October.

The weather bureau said El Niño is expected to end in July, but La Niña is set to bring in excessive rainfall starting August.

Watch: What is La Niña?